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Childhood Fame : The Downside And Cost Of Fame

 

‘I think every child star suffers through this period because you’re not the cute and charming child that you were. You start to grow, and they want to keep you little forever.’

-Michael Jackson on the perils of getting Read the rest

Emotional Torture? When Parents Put Kids in a Psychological Double-Bind.

 

 

I first came across the phrase ‘double-bind’ at university whilst studying for my first degree in psychology; it struck a chord immediately.

In its most simple terms, the child who is placed in a psychological double-bind, by parent/s Read the rest

Childhood Trauma Leading to Anhedonia (Inability to Experience Pleasure).

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There is an established relationship between having experienced trauma as a child and suffering from anhedonia (the inability to experience feelings of pleasure) as an adult.

Anhedonia drains the colour from life, rather like seeing a film in high-resolution Read the rest

Possible Effects of Divorce on Children

My own parents divorced in the scorching summer of 1976 when I was 8 years old. At prep school, I was the only boy in the class with divorced parents. I was deeply ashamed of this fact, and I did Read the rest

4 Types Of Borderline Mother : Witch, Hermit, Waif And Queen.

For those of us who grew up with mothers who suffered from a borderline personality disorder (BPD), our childhoods were often painful and anguished. We found ourselves living in a world that was contradictory and confusing; it is likely that Read the rest

Child Trauma and Trauma Focused Therapy (TFT)

 

What Is Trauma Focused Therapy?

Trauma Focused Therapy (TFT) utilizes the following treatments, either on their own, or in combination :

1) EXPOSURE THERAPY – this type of therapy encourages the person to confront the stimuli connected to the Read the rest

Effects of Parental Favouritism On Favored And Unfavoured Child

 

The effects of long-term parental favouritism will affect how the favoured and non-favoured child perceive themselves. The more extreme the difference in treatment, all else being equal, the more acute will be the effects on the respective children.

I Read the rest

What Studies on ‘Unloved’ Rats Tell us about Effects of Childhood Trauma

 

 

It is being increasingly recognized by research psychologists that the environment we are brought up in has a critical effect upon our later development and functioning. As in all areas of medical research, animal studies play a vital Read the rest

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) : Further Treatment Options.

Individuals suffering from psychiatric conditions such as borderline personality disorder (BPD) find there are a vast array of therapies on offer purporting to be able to effectively treat them. The choice can seem overwhelming and confusing.

In the case of Read the rest

Childhood Trauma: Identity Problems and How to Tackle Them.

 

One outcome of childhood trauma can frequently be that the person who has suffered it is prone to develop IDENTITY PROBLEMS.

A person’s identity represents their attempt to pin down the essential elements he sees (rather than what others Read the rest

Childhood Trauma: Its Relationship to Psychopathy.

 

The term ‘psychopath’ is often used by the tabloid press. In fact, the diagnosis of ‘psychopath’ is no longer given – instead, the term ‘anti-social personality disorder’ is generally used.

When the word ‘psychopath’ is employed by the press, Read the rest

Childhood Trauma: How The Child’s View Of Their Own ‘Badness’ Is Perpetuated.

 

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Do You Ever Ask Yourself The Question: Am I A Bad Person?

When a child is continually mistreated, s/he will inevitably conclude that s/he must be innately bad. This is because s/he has a need (at an unconscious level) Read the rest

How Childhood Trauma Can Reduce Life Expectancy By 19 Years.

 

 

Childhood trauma clearly puts the child who experiences it under great stress; the more protracted and intense the traumas, and the more traumas the child suffers, all else being equal, the more stress is inflicted upon the child.Read the rest